Copa America 2019: Latest Group Results, Tables and Schedule After SaturdayJune 15, 2019
Four more teams began their runs at the 2019 Copa America on Saturday with each squad doing what it can to keep pace with the host country.
Brazil was the first team to get points in this tournament with Friday's 3-0 win over Bolivia, proving the team is a favorite to win it all even without Neymar. However, there will be plenty of competition from the rest of the CONMEBOL teams, along with Japan and Qatar.
Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Colombia each got its turn to show what it could do on Day 2 from Brazil.
Venezuela 0, Peru 0
Colombia 2, Argentina 0
Full schedule available at the tournament's official site
Venezuela 0, Peru, 0
A sloppy match from both sides led to a scoreless draw despite a lot of action near the net.
The two teams combined for 28 total shots in the contest, including 10 on goal. However, there were a lot of wasted opportunities in the final third that prevented either team from winning the game and getting three crucial points.
Peru had a few chances throughout the match, putting the ball in the net twice for goals that were eventually disallowed due to offside calls.
The team also missed a few more quality chances at the net when it got the opportunity:
Venezuela keeper Wuilker Farinez also deserves credit for keeping the match scoreless:
This run of shots came in the 76th minute, shortly after Luis Mago earned a red card for Venezuela with his second yellow of the match. The squad was forced to play with 10 men, and Peru took advantage initially with a few extra shots, but it didn't lead to much success overall.
It eventually led to a draw for both teams and one point in the standings, although you can be certain Peru will regret not getting the win despite having an extra man for the final 25 minutes of action.
Peru will now be desperate for a win against Bolivia, while Venezuela will try to survive against Brazil next time out.
Colombia 2, Argentina 0
For the first time in Copa America history, Argentina has lost its opening match of the tournament.
Lionel Messi was not only shut out, he was held nearly completely in check as he struggled to get many touches in the offensive end. The rest of the team didn't help him out in what became a disappointing effort from one of the event's favorites:
It was a defensive battle for much of the game, with neither side able to break through with a quality scoring chance.
The big moment in the match came in the 71st minute when Colombia was finally able to break the scoreless draw.
James Rodriguez launched an impressive pass across the pitch to Roger Martinez, who cut it inside and launched a long shot to the top-right corner from outside the box:
This put the pressure on Argentina, but the players weren't able to get anything going offensively. They failed to get the ball to their top players in a position to score, and it led to a disappointing effort.
Of course, when they pushed harder forward it only opened things up for Colombia's counterattack, which led to a second goal in the 86th minute.
This was enough to seal the victory and put Colombia in the driver's seat in Group B.
Updated Group Tables
Brazil: 3 pts, +3 GD
Peru: 1 pt, 0 GD
Venezuela: 1 pt, 0 GD
Bolivia: 0 pts, -3 GD
Colombia: 3 pts, +2 GD
Paraguay: 0 pts, 0 GD
Qatar: 0 pts, 0 GD
Argentina: 0 pts, -2 GD
Paraguay vs. Qatar, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+
Uruguay vs. Ecuador, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+